September 2009

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Volume 21 Issue 9
ABSTRACT: Within the past decade, we have witnessed the exponential growth of novel percutaneous transcatheter therapies for the treatment of valvular and congenital heart disorders among others. Consequently, a new field has emerged in the world of…
Effect of Radiographic Contrast Media on Markers of Complement Activation and Apoptosis in Patients with Chronic Coronary Artery Disease Undergoing Coronary Angiography ________________________ ABSTRACT: The effects of radiographic contrast media…
ABSTRACT: Objective. We sought to verify how effective the Pioneer catheter (Medtronic, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota) is in overcoming the complexity of re-entry during subintimal angioplasty and provide a case series describing the technique. Backgr…
ABSTRACT: Background. Previous investigation has suggested that early discharge after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is feasible and safe, but these studies have utilized largely radial approaches or been conducted in non-U.S. cohorts. We s…
Assessment of intermediate severity left main coronary artery (LMCA) lesions is often performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory because obstructive disease in this location is associated with a worse long–term prognosis.1–3 Some studies als…
Intravascular Ultrasound-Based Left Main Coronary Artery Assessment: Comparison between Pullback from Left Anterior Descending and Circumflex Arteries ______________________ ABSTRACT: Objective. We compared continuous pullback from the left anteri…
As rapid global progress is being made to reduce door-to-balloon times (D2B) for primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) by improving the ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) procedure and the D2B process, it is imperative to look beyo…
Effects of the Number and Interval of Balloon Inflations during Primary PCI on the Extent of Myocardial Injury in Patients with STEMI: Does Postconditioning Exist in Real-World Practice? ____________________________ ABSTRACT: Postconditioning redu…
ABSTRACT: Purpose. In more than 90% of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), stroke is due to thrombotic embolization from the left atrial appendage (LAA). Transcatheter occlusion with percutaneous left atrial appendage transcatheter occlusion (PLA…
ABSTRACT: Background. Reports of stent thrombosis and death in patients who have received drug-eluting stents (DES) have provoked debate regarding their long-term safety. We investigated the specific causes of death in patients receiving DES at an ac…